Stranger Than Fiction
Collective Arts Brewing

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Porter - English
Ranked #15
Ranked #8,287
4 | pDev: 7.75%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Stranger Than FictionStranger Than Fiction
Notes: Stranger Than Fiction is a full-bodied porter with plenty of roast flavour with hints of molasses. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate and pale ale malts make this porter a smooth and creamy brew.

25 IBU
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 326 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light tan head that slowly reduces. Lacing as you enjoy the brew. In the nose, roasted malts predominate. In the mouth, it is roasted malt, with a small hop bite. Slight oily feeling in the mouth.

Dec 19, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black appearance with an average size tan head and good lacing. Chocolate is evident in the aroma, imbedded in the roasted malts along with other grains in the background. A bit of dark, ripe fruit on the tip of the tongue before the roasty, earthy, woodsy flavor comes full cycle. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel leading to a lingering finish.

Nov 28, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can (10/07/20) poured into a pint glass. Nice dark brown body w/a dark tan head which showed some persistence. Roasted malt on the nose. More malt on the tongue w/hints of cocoa & coffee. A tad thin, and more prickly than I would have preferred. So a solid, but not special example of the type.

Nov 28, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark black color, brown at edges, medium beige head fades to small and becomes wispy, ok retention.
AROMA: roasted malt, touches of coffee and smoke. very nice.
TASTE: roasted malt, oat, lightest touch of red wine or grape.
FEEL: smooth, a touch thin for porter.

Not bad. Good roasty porter.


Nov 24, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can, canned on 01/08/20, another brew from Brutaltruth! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some earthy and coffee flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit creamy and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a decent enough porter, worth a try if you get the chance to!

Oct 14, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Several pints off a tap bring a consistently rich black coffee beverage. There is a bit of a tan lasting head and glass lacing. The aroma is faint, but of pleasant roasted malts. The taste is light and soft to the tongue, mostly all of roasted malt. This finish is abruptly clean, with practically no aftertaste. A very pleasant stout/porter experience.

Sep 26, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours almost black, and opaque. 2 Finger beige head that dissipates over 5 minutes.
Smell: Peppery with a hint of leather
Taste: Dark bitter black chocolate, leather, black coffee hints, slightly astringent
Feel: Plays high in the mouth, a little thinner than I was expecting.
Overall this beer earns a B

Apr 29, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque in body with coffee creamer head. Aroma of cocoa, grass, light citrus rind, cinnamon. Tastes of cocoa, cinnamon, light grass, earth, some bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Apr 18, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: silky black color with a hint of dark muddy brown. large, frothy rocky 2.5 finger tan head

s: roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate. a touch of wood and caramel. sweet molasses and root beer. a touch of dark sweet berries as well. big bready malt character along with some toasted bread

t: a nice hit of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toasted malts, and bitter cocoa powder. dark bread, cola syrup, and a nice generic nutty presence. a sweet lactose-like presence as well as a small hint of fig and prunes. the finish is more toasted malts and chocolate

m: medium, silky mouthfeel with strong carbonation

o: nice Porter here that boards onto Stout territory. It has a nice sweetness to it, which you want from an English Porter. however, that is balanced out by a nice bitterness from the roast and chocolate. really nice beer

Apr 08, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with nice beige head and good lacing. Smell and taste of toasted pumpernickel and dark chocolate. A bit of licorice, and a bit thin. Overall, pretty good porter.

Mar 18, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt notes with some black chocolate is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of dry roasted malt with some nice black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well breed porter with just enough complexity.

Dec 10, 2019
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johnreggie from New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a stout glass date canned on 9/29/19, about 6 weeks ago. Pours black, with a. inch of brown foam that dissipates to nice sticky lacing. Not much on the nose, strong taste of toffee, charcoal, molasses and milk chocolate. Couldn’t tell this from Founders or Deschutes in a blind taste test. Dry hoppy finish. Excellent brew I’d buy again.

Nov 17, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can
Tallgrass globe snifter

Deep, slick black color with a tall beige cap of 2 fingers. Lots of lace left behind as the head recedes to 1/2 finger.

Complex aromas of dark milk chocolate, roasted coffee, charcoal, espresso, fresh hops, and slight molasses.

Flavors bring bold roasted flavors of heavy charcoal, dark chocolate, pine, earth, ash, dark bread crust, black pepper, and a squish of lemon.

Feel is very busy with carbonation, yet still has a slight creamy texture. Lots of roast, mild warming alcohol, with resins and smoke/dryness on the back end. Super complex.

Overall, an incredibly complex porter that deserves your attention. It's not an easy porter, being harsh and abrasive and whatnot, but it gives you a lot to soak in. Will be enjoying the rest of this can over the next half hour. Very well done.

Oct 31, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/29/2019. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of toffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of toffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, toffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an incredible English porter. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Amazingly rich English malt complexity for the ABV; balancing earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly spot on style example. One of the best I have had for the style/ABV.

Sep 16, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have found a number of Collective Arts Brewing beers in my backlog & since I really like adding CANadian CANs to The CANQuest (tm), they will be my focus for the time being.

From the CAN: "Artist: Emmanuel LaFlamme, Montreal, QC, CANada".

My CAN depicted a hockey faceoff superimposed on the face of a Montreal CANadiens hockey player, speaking to my interest in hockey.

I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. I was pleasantly surprised to see it performing a pseudo-cascade on its way to forming just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled really rich with dark chocolate as well as a light smokiness, treacle & anise. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was more towards bittersweet chocolate than Baker's chocolate with a definite anise quality and a light smokiness. Mmm. I was a little CANcerned that it was going to be too sweet for my taste, but such was not the case. Instead, it tended towards semi-dry, especially with the anise & smoky tastes. Finish remained semi-dry. It was a decent drink, but perhaps due to the heat or to my penchant for AIPAs, I just was not as enamored of it as I ha hoped. YMMV.

Sep 12, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The date on the bottom of the can indicates that i'm drinking this beer at 1 year & a half old. The can artwork is sort of interesting. The pour is black with a beige head of foam. I'm not getting much on the aroma probably due to the aging of this beer. The taste is not bad for a 5.5% porter that's a year & a half old. The beer is still quite drinkable although it's a little flat. I'm getting roasted malts & cocoa taste on the backend with slight char on the finish. Cheers! B

Jul 14, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leah is saying very round...she's not sure what that means. She gets coffee. Not strong. Good smokey notes. Slightly sweet. A little sour, but not bad or overwhelming. Very drinkable, smooth. Chocolate is there slightly. Overall a solid porter.

Jul 02, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, dark brown body capped with a thick and creamy head; dense. Fine blend of scents with cocoa and vanilla; a smidgen of milk chocolate; hard to describe esters. Weak milk chocolate taste; some fruity tanginess and low-key bitterness. Medium-heavy body; smooth and slick on the palate; mostly sweet mouthfeel overall.

The beer is certainly smooth and creamy overall. The flavor isn't bad, but, perhaps, a tad weak, yet still providing some nice cocoa and milk chocolate tones. Nice and approachable...

Jun 02, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler via Country Fresh Market in Beechmont.
This decent little porter pours a nice opaque with a frothy head
of brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and
shows nice lacing. Nose of roast, coffee, subtle char, and dark cocoa.
Flavors exceed the nose with additions; dark coffee, semi-sweet cocoa,
brewers licorice, and a subtle hop mingling with light bitter malt notes
with touches of cola. Solid mouth feel for the style; medium body that
is very English in nature, smooth, medium light carbonation, and a
roasted finish that is subtly dry.

A solid offering.


May 31, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was quite nice pleasant roasted coffee flavors with the roasted malts and no real bitter or chalky edge. Good clean silky finish. I would have this again because every can seemed to have some pretty crazy cover art.

Apr 15, 2019
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing.
S - Nutty, coffee and roasted malt.
T - Similar to the nose.
F - Smooth with creaminess. Medium to full mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.
O - Man what a good beer! Just a treat to drink. Would love to have again.

Apr 07, 2019
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MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stranger Than Fiction is a porter from Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton, Ontario. 5.5% alc. Hops are Cascade and Nugget. Beer was canned Nov. 15, 2018.

This beer is black with a beige head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is dark roasted malt, molasses, and a hint of coffee.

This transfers to the taste. There is a slight sweetness at play, too.

The beer is medium bodied and the mouthfeel is medium smooth with a wet finish.

Great beer. If you like porter I highly recommend trying it.

Grade: A.

Mar 17, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark black in body, with a small tan head.

S: Malty with dark chocolate and caramel. Sweet with a lovely roasted grain aroma in the finish. Something in here reminds me of camping int he woods.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, and licorice. Roasty, creamy, with a hint of earth and smoke.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation, and a slightly creamy feel.

O: Overall a pretty damn tasty brew, and bonus points for the wicked can art.

Mar 12, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned in a crafty craft can and the first dark beer from Canada I’ve sampled
Pours a dark black body with tan head
Aroma is machiata and porridge
Real roasty flavour with some acrid bitterness that just lingers and is awesome

Mar 11, 2019
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Vasser40 from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly opaque black with minimal off white head. The taste starts off with a nice toasted malt, shifts into a bit of a plasticy char (but not bad), and then mellows itself nicely at the end. A slightly thin mouth feel. A decent English porter.

Feb 05, 2019
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 326 ratings